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Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 10

Moselsteig Trail Stage 10: Kesten/Osann-Monzel – Bernkastel-Kues

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  • Slate rocks along the trail on the Brauneberg below the Kammer rock
    / Slate rocks along the trail on the Brauneberg below the Kammer rock
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Well-earned rest on the Brauneberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Shady spot on the Brauneberg
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Looking from Mülheim vineyards over to the Umlaufberg near Lieser
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Huge wall mosaic on St. Anna's Chapel above Bernkastel
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
  • / Bernkastel market square
    Photo: Michael Teusch, Sweco Gmbh
m 300 200 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Burg Landshut Schutzhütte Andel Bushaltestelle Osann Friedhof Höhle Kapelle Grill- und … Brauneberg/Filzen Hütte (H) Kirche Hütte (H)
Back to the Middle Ages through expansive open countryside.


Distance 14.9 km
4:00 h
590 m
590 m
This stage takes you from the wine-making villages of Kesten and Osann-Monzel to historic Bernkastel-Kues. The trail passes impressive rocky cliffs with splendid visible layers of slate and crosses world-renowned vineyards, such as Braunberger Juffer. It then starts climbing steeply across the slope with occasional views of the Moselle. Along the way, a wealth of wonderful resting spots invite you to rest awhile and possibly refuel. Finally the trail brings you to Landshut Castle, which sits majestically high above Bernkastel-Kues and reveals an awe-inspiring view over the Moselle and the famous Moselle town, in the picturesque Old Town of which this stage ends.
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Thomas Kalff
Update: November 05, 2021
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
300 m
Lowest point
110 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Mosellandtouristik GmbH

Kordelweg 1, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 97330


Tourist information office Bernkastel-Kues

Gestade 6, 54470 Bernkastel-Kues; Phone: +49 (6531) / 500190


Tourist-Information Wittlich Stadt und Land

Marktplatz 5, 54516 Wittlich; Telefon 06571/4086


Osann-Monzel: Junction of Moselstraße and Novianderweg or Kesten: Junction of Eiermarkt and Moselstraße (110 m)
49.900516, 6.956207
49°54'01.9"N 6°57'22.3"E
32U 353230 5529572


Bernkastel-Kues: Marktplatz - Market Square

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of this Moselsteig Trail leg is the St. Nikolaus church in Monzel. The access route to Kesten also joins here. Past several wineries you will first hike to the outskirts of the town. And immediately, you are in the midst of vineyards! Already on the gentle crest of the Brauneberg you hike to the viewing point Monzeler Kätzchen. From here, you have a view right to the destination of this leg, to Bernkastel-Kues. The trail changes from the crest to the highest slope road through the vineyards and consistently offers you exciting view of the Moselle Valley. Below the Kammerfelsen, rock slate comes right up to the path. Here you have the feeling of hiking almost perpendicular to the Moselle. Parallel to the ridge way, the Moselsteig Trail arrives at a small forest area and finally at the mountain hut on the Brauneberg with its many resting opportunities.

You then continue hiking on the top slope path, accompanied by slate rock on the left, and by steep vineyards on the right. Particularly striking is the vine-lined meander mountain on the other side of the Moselle. By the way, you now have a view of the entire Moselle Valley between Kesten and Bernkastel-Kues! The descent from Brauneberg passes through a forest, and after a short distance, over the access road to the Brauneberg, you will arrive at the bridge head of the Mülheimer bridge. From here, access routes branch off into the close-by wine-growing villages Maring-Noviand and Lieser. THE Moselsteig Trail continues on a foot path over the bridge, and you immediately find yourself in the Mülheim town centre.

Cross the road and you will reach the vineyards at then outskirts of the town. Here, the trail ascends to a resting place at the Helenenkloster (Helena Monastery). You have a view of Lieser, with a striking castle at its outskirts. The path continues relatively straight, accompanied by dense shrubs, through the flat ridge towards Bernkastel-Kues. When you have reached the side valley of the Goldbach (here, you can also hike to Andel on an access route), the Moselsteig Trail continues steeply uphill at the edge of the forest in the valley. In the forest, the trail continues to ascend, until you reach the Andeler barbecue hut - the perfect location for a refreshing break, before you approach Bernkastel, the destination of this leg. Also enjoy the wonderful view of the Moselle Valley!

The rest of the trail winds through the forest slope. Downhill, over a serpentine path you will arrive at steep towering slate rocks and the trail crosses a gorge cut stream valley. After a short section along the vineyard, a pretty view of the Moselle from the vineyard wall breaks the forest. The forest section ends at the St. Anna chapel. Bernkastel and the Landshut Castle are very close now, and the benches in front of the chapel invite you to take a break. On the front façade of the chapel, a large mosaic will catch our eye. A path leads to the access road to the castle, and then continues steeply uphill to the saddle above the town. From here, a detour to the castle is a great idea! You also reach the youth hostel or you can hike on the access route to Monzelfeld. The last section of this leg now takes you over a stepped path through the vineyards of the Burgberg, downhill to Bernkastel. After a few metres in the town, you will arrive at the medieval market place which is framed by half-timbered houses.


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Public transport


You can reach the stage towns Kesten (bus stop K 134) and Bernkastel-Kues (bus stop Forum) with the bus line 334 / 335, 332 / 330 (change in Mülheim Ort).

From Osann-Monzel (bus stop Friedhof) you can take bus line 301 to Bernkastel-Kues (bus stop Forum).

There are regular connections. Please note that during the school vacations in Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland, at weekends and on public holidays, there may be restrictions on the frequency! Please check the daily timetable on the website of the Verkehrsverbund Region Trier (VRT):


Getting there

Starting point: Kesten and Osann-Monzel can be reached via the L 47, K 53 and K 134, for instance from the A 1 (Salmtal exit)

Destination: Bernkastel-Kues via the B 53


Osann-Monzel: Small car park on Moselstraße directly adjacent to the Moselsteig Trail

Kesten: Moselstraße at the bus stop (0.9 km walk to the Moselsteig Trail)

Bernkastel-Kues: Large car park on the bank of the Moselle (pay car park during the peak season)


49.900516, 6.956207
49°54'01.9"N 6°57'22.3"E
32U 353230 5529572
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Moselsteig" - Offzieller Moselsteig-Wanderführer von ideemedia, 14,95 €

Authors: Ulrike Poller, Wolfgang Todt, publisher: ideemedia, 300 pages with around 300 images, altitude profiles, QR codes and GPS Tracks (in German), Format 11,5 x 23 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942779-21-0, 14,95 €


"Official Moselsteig Trail hiking maps" in pocket format:

The entire route is divided into 3 maps:

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 1: Perl - Trier (Stages 1 - 4), ISBN: 978-3-89637-419-6

Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 2: Trier – Zell (Moselle) (Stages 5 -14), ISBN: 978-3-89637-420-2 Leisure Map Moselsteig - Map 3: Zell (Moselle) – Koblenz (Stages 15 -24) ISBN: 978-3-89637-421-9

Individual maps: €5.90

Set of 3 maps: € 14.50 (ISBN: 978-3-89637422-6)



Premium set consisting of the official hiking guide including set of 3 hiking maps. Publisher: ideemedia, ISBN: 978-3-942779-24-1, 26,95 €


The hiking guides and the maps are available in bookstores or on the website under the heading “Ordering brochures”.

Author’s map recommendations

Leisure Map Moselsteig Trail – Map 2: Trier - Zell (Mosel) (Stages 5 - 14), ISBN: 978-3-89637-420-2


  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Appropriate weatherproof hiking gear
  • Picnic lunch

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Marnix Eefting · August 12, 2021 · Community
waar kan ik de overnachtingsmogelijkheden van de Moselsteig vinden?
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Answered by Jutta Henrich · August 12, 2021 · Community
Hallo Herr Eefting, sie können Unterkünfte in allen gängigen Portalen buchen., Trivago.....etc. Suchen sie in Bernkastel-Kues da gibt es etwas für jede Preisklasse. Suchen sie etwas, das nicht zu weit entfernt vom Steig ist. Der öffentliche Nahverkehr in und um Bernkastel lässt zu wünschen übrig. Liebe Grüße und eine Gute Zeit im Moseltal Jutta Henrich
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Peter Adolphs
June 18, 2019 · Community
Wenige Highlight. Kurz vor Bernkastel Kues ständige Angst von Fahrräder überfahren zu werden. Ein NO GO!
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Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019 19:22:02
Photo: Peter Adolphs, Community
Dirk Kunze
March 01, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? February 28, 2019
Moselsteig 10 | Etappe Kesten – Bernkastel Kues | Wandern an der Mosel | Dirk Kunze | # 93
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Coco Heart
August 14, 2018 · Community
Insgesamt eine sehr schöne Tour. Etwas langweilig durch das Waldgebiet von Mülheim bis Andel Hütte. Mit Burg Landshut und Altstadt von Bernkastel zwei sehr schöne Hightlights.
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Aussicht von Burg Landshut
Photo: Coco Heart, Community
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Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019 19:22:02
Moselsteig 10 | Etappe Kesten – Bernkastel Kues | Wandern an der Mosel | Dirk Kunze | # 93
Aussicht von Burg Landshut
Start in Osann-Monzel
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14.9 km
4:00 h
590 m
590 m
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